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Longbow

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To draw the longbow. To exaggerate. The force of an arrow in the longbow depends on the strength of the arm that draws it, so the force of a statement depends on the force of the speaker’s imagination. The longbow was the favourite weapon of the English from the reign of Edward II. till it was superseded by fire-arms. The “longbow” was the hand-bow, as distinguished from the crossbow or bow fitted on a stock.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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